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Big Rock Köld | Big Rock Brewery

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Brewed by:
Big Rock Brewery
Alberta, Canada

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-17-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 9
Reviews by pootz:
Photo of pootz
3.35/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a glass of this at "Spolumbo's" Calgary's East End wunder bar with great Italian sausages. It tapped a pale straw color with a smallish white head that went out to a thin lace that clings to the glass through the drink. Had light aromas of grains malt and hop. Started crisp, Almost like a pilsner, but sat very comfortably on the palate like a light lager with a good light balance of hops, malt and grain tastes, then finished cleanly with a slight (not unpleasant) malt after taste.

This is a very good light summer lager, I much prefer this over most of the mega brew lagers...and with a famous Spolumbo's sausage sandwich it hit the spot right on the mark.

Two great Calgary traditions that just seem to have an affinity for each other I suppose. Perhaps that’s why my impression of this great light beer is so positive.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Sammy
2.48/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Another pale lager. Another purveyor that the water used makes a big difference. Well, its not bad in a pinch New Year's Eve. But it is forgettable and plain, though some malt and even a hop or two for taste. More than a thin mouthfeel, so better than average for its style. Understated carbonation was appreciated.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

You know, up until now I never gave Big Rock's Kold much of a fair chance, I wasn't much into lagers back when this first came out, and wrote it off as a mediocre attempt to compete with the macro lager swilling target audience. Then again I never really bothered drinking it from a glass until now either....

It pours from it's 341 ml brown bottle a clear, bright golden colour, not much of a head, but it forms a ring that lasts down to the bottom of the glass. Minimal carbonation. The aroma is biscuity malt sweet with very slight floral hops. Flavour is dry and grassy, a touch metallic. Not much to speak of for a finish, except that that the mouthfeel starts off watery but finishes off on the way down somewhat creamy and full on the palate. Curious. No aftertaste at all. All in all this is an okay lager, nothing very special, but I actually would buy this over a macro, considering here in Canada they are priced fairly close. Yet I'd rather have a Grasshopper over a Kold any day when it comes to lighter Big Rock selections.

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Photo of 3Vandoo
3.07/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A very pale beer, yellow golden, clear, no head. The head dissapeared and went AWOL, a few bubbles or maybe my glass was very clean.

Smell hoppy but not much, also it let a smell of water.

Her taste is quite singular and neutral. Some watery taste is playing my palate, but I dont get any hops or malt taste, it is quite balanced.
A tiny tiny tiny aroma of fruit is there, surrounded by a balanced malt hops combo, nothing great. An aftertaste is present, a bit metalic.

A good average lager for the mortals

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Photo of Shiloh
3.23/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting offering from Big Rock. The appearance is ordinary at best, the aroma is of cooked corn and the head after a few seconds is all but gone.
The body is medium full and the carbonation is minimul.
Its the taste that is interesting, salty with a minor sweetness as a finish, which quickly disapates in anticipation of your next swallow.
Could be a good session brew.

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Photo of mrmanning
2/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Probably the worst i have had from Big Rock. Not horrid, but nothing in any way that strikes me as different. I am not certain that this glacier water thing works for any brewery. But, I digress...here's the rating: Appearance: Gold body, some slight carbonation noticable, and a thin white head accompanies. Aroma: Aroma is faint, lacking. Mild corn, acidic, chamicals, and slight hops. Taste: Weak,watery, slightly bitter hops, some corn. Palate: Watery from start to finish. Hardly noticable going down. Overall: Lacking in pretty much every area. Weak, disappointing.

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Photo of BigBry
3.32/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Silver can (as pictured), with just 'Kold' in blue - very different from typical Big Rock label designs. It pours a clear, golden color, small head that shrinks to a thin ring. OK carbonation, but was expecting more. The aroma has some malt sweetness with very slight floral hops, and some grainy/grassy. Flavor pretty typical lager with a dry finish. Taste is full bodied, with no strong flavors one way or the other. A good beer to keep in the fridge for hot days and company.

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Photo of hopdog
2.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle acquired in trade with BlankBoy (thanks!).

Poured a lighter and see through golden color with a smaller sized white head. Aromas of grain, light citrus and some honey sweetness. Tastes of pretty much the same. Thin and on the watery side.

Notes from 4/5/06

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Photo of Noxious26
2.25/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

341ml bottle poured in a mug.

Clear, pale gold in colour. 1/4 inch white head at the pour, but quickly recedes to nothing. Not even a ring around the edge. Very few bubble streams, almost looks flat.

Aroma is mildly sweet malt, with sour undertones. Little difference to a macro lager.

Mildly sweet at the swallow, but quickly gives way to sour and acidic flavours. Some evidence of floral hops as the beer warms. Slight bitter-veggie aftertaste.

Light bodied, fizzy and smooth mouthfeel.

I used to drink alot of this beer about 3 or 4 years ago, but this doesn't taste like I remember. Seems to me it used to be more crisp and clean with little or no aftertaste. Great beer for a hot summer day, but you can't buy this beer here anymore. These 2 I'm sampling came from a 12pack variety pack. It is available on-tap at one bar in town, but otherwise that's it. This just doesn't interest me. Plain, blah, macro taste.

I'd love to root for Big Rock and buy more of their product, but I'm really not impressed with what I've tried in this variety 12pack. If you want to drink a macro tasting beer, but not give your money to Molson or Labatts, this one is for you.

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Photo of ScottWestmaas
2/5  rDev -26.7%

Big Rock Köld from Big Rock Brewery
Beer rating: 2.73 out of 5 with 10 ratings
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